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In Memoriam: Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)

Jul. 10, 2018

In Memoriam: Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)

Oliver Knussen was one of the world’s most eminent and influential composer-conductors and leaves behind him a body of work of crystalline concision, complexity and richness. His impact on the musical community – both in the UK and around the world – was extraordinary, and is a testament to his great generosity and curiosity as a musician, as well as his unfailing love and deep knowledge of the art form. 

For a detailed remembrance of this great composer's life and work, please visit

Listen to a selection of some of Oliver Knussen's key works here:

Symphony No. 3 (1973/1979):

(Symphony No. 3/Oliver Knussen/Philharmonia Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)

Where the Wild Things Are (1979/1983):

("In the wildest woods" from Where the Wild Things Are/Oliver Knussen/London Sinfonietta/
Lisa Saffer, soprano/Oliver Knussen, conductor)

Horn Concerto (1994):

(Horn Concerto/Oliver Knussen/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen, conductor)